Heat is expensive, which is why conservation is crucial during the winter months. The trouble is, there are plenty of ways for it to escape your house. Here are five ways to keep the heat inside this season.
- Use your free heat
Throw open the curtains!Sunlight not only provides a lift in spirits but it can make your home warmer. Let light into every room possible, especially southern rooms!
- Cover your hardwood floors
Hardwood floors are beautiful and are a favorite among many builders and homeowners today. However, when winter comes around, they aren’t particularly warm on the feet! Add a nice area rug to the areas you use most and throw rugs in halls and bathrooms. This will help keep your toes a little warmer in cold months.
- Close off unused spaces
If there are rooms in your house that aren’t used much during the winter closer the are off from the rest of the house. Leaving these doors open and providing heat to these rooms creates wasted heat that could be used elsewhere in your home. When you know you’ll be having a guest, open the room again to warm it up before they arrive.
- Seal cracks and crevices
If you have a house with older windows, you may want to use plastic to cover the windows to prevent cold air from seeping in. You can also use caulk and other sealant products to fill in cracks and crevices. Also check the basement and attic for windows that might be allowing cool air to seep in.
- Create an illusion of warmth
You can’t really raise the temperature in your home with candles or with an app that launches a fireplace but you can create an illusion of warmth that does affect a person’s perception. Color is another factor. Warm colors make you feel warmer so do a little decorating to change the perception in your home.